Amazon Rainforest AAVS Amazon 2018

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Amazon Rainforest

The Tropical Digital

Monday 5 – Wednesday 14 August 2019

The Tropical Digital Visiting School will create architectural design solutions to respond to the effects of climate change in Brazil, through using digital technology. It will be based in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, in Lago Mamori – a location that will provide both our inspiration and a testing ground for our projects. Our goal is to create work that fits local needs of the population and raises awareness of the pressing environmental issues the area faces, such as rising sea levels, extreme heat waves and violent strong storms. Specifically, we will focus on creating affordable, resilient and comfortable buildings that can cope with a volatile natural environment. We will build a knowledge database of design strategies and explore low-tech construction techniques that can be implemented with local expertise, materials and technologies. And we will learn about digital modelling and environmental simulation techniques, using biomimetics as a project methodology. Through investigating the synergy between advanced digital design, traditional crafts and simple fabrication processes, we will create innovative new designs for and with the local community in a way that has the potential to improve lives.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The workshop will take place in a wooden lodge by the beautiful Mamori lake, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection will offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. A series of lectures about design, architecture and biology will provide students with an understanding of innovative concepts at the forefront of architecture. 

  • Students will receive a VS Transcript from the Architectural Association.
  • Students will gain a theoretical understanding of concepts such as biomimetics, emergence, self-organisation, material and biological systems.
  • Past students have described the workshop as a “once-in-a-lifetime learning trip”, “awesome immersive experience”, “new method to learn”, “another way to make architecture”, “an amazing way to connect with nature”.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 1 August 2019

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


Lago Loge, Mamori Lake, Amazon, Brazil

The meeting point for all participants will be Manaus city Centre, from where the group will travel by boat to Mamori Lake. Accommodation in the rainforest is in a comfortable wooden lodge with double bedrooms with private bathroom. Bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, beds, sheets and towels.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1095 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees include tuition, full-board accommodation and local transportation for the duration of the workshop. 
Flights are not included.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Programme Heads

Nacho Marti graduated from Elisava School of Design and obtained a Master in Science, Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association. He runs his design studio in London while teaching at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Marko Brajovic graduated from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and obtained a Master in Digital Arts at Pompeu Fabra University and a Master in Genetic Architecture at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, both in Barcelona. Marko Brajovic is founder and Creative Director at Atelier Marko Brajovic based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Alessandra Araujo graduated in Biology by UNISA - Brazil, MsC in Environmental Biochemistry by University of Hawaii, Sustainable Urbanism at the Schumacher College (UK), Certified Biomimicry professional by Biomicricry 3.8 and also from Arizona State University (USA). Founder of bio-inspirations working with education and consulting for innovation inspired by nature.


Programme Heads
Marko Brajovic
Nacho Marti

Programme Tutor
Alessandra Araujo

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.